District Landmarks in the San Fernando Valley

Welcome to the San Fernando Valley!

Sen. Bob Hertzberg has lived much of his life in the San Fernando Valley, and below are but a handful of the area’s many attractions. Watch this space as he continues to provide suggested ‘must-see’ places, landmarks and highlights needed to know and appreciate some of the major attractions his district has to offer. As always, suggestions are gratefully accepted.

CSUN Valley Performing Arts Center (Northridge)
The Valley Performing Arts Center, above, is located at the heart of California State University, Northridge. The venue officially opened in January of 2011 and encompasses more than 166,000 square feet. Every season the Valley Performance Arts Center offers a performance program that captivates audiences from all throughout the San Fernando Valley.  The Center includes a 1,700-seat multipurpose concert hall that hosts a variety of performances, including music, film and dance. 

Hansen Dam (Lake View Terrace)
Built by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Hansen Dam has been a staple of Lake View Terrace since the 1940s. While at first it was just a flood control dam, Hansen Dam has grown to include several recreational activities and features that are used by the citizens of Lake View Terrace and the San Fernando Valley. There is the Hansen Dam Recreation Center, the Hansen Dam Aquatic Center, and the Hansen Dam Golf Course available for public use.

NoHo Arts District (North Hollywood)
The NoHo Arts District is vibrant community located in North Hollywood that is the home of several theatres, art galleries, and recording studios. Inspired by New York’s SoHo Arts District, the NoHo Arts District was established in 1992 by business owners with help from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Since its establishment, the community has grown to host more than 20 professional theaters, numerous dance studios and several public art galleries. Today, the NoHo Arts District continues to grow with development projects and beautification efforts to attract more businesses.

Lake Balboa (Van Nuys)
Lake Balboa, also known as Anthony C. Beilenson Park, includes the 27-acre Lake Balboa filled with water reclaimed from the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant and a variety of recreational facilities. There are also many cherry blossoms in the park during the spring season.

The Japanese Garden/ SuihoEn (Van Nuys)
The Japanese Garden is designed by Dr. Koichi Kawana and includes a 6.5-acre garden, which features 3 different gardens in one, and the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant. It is open to visitors during all four seasons and provides tea service. The garden offers a space of tranquility and quiet contemplation.

The Great Wall of Los Angeles (North Hollywood)
The Great Wall of Los Angeles is a mural designed by Judith Baca and executed with the help of over 400 community youth and artists coordinated by the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) in 1978. Its official title is The History of California and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.

Discovery Cube Los Angeles (Pacoima)
The Discovery Cube is an education museum/ activity center created by the Discovery Science Foundation. It provides immersive and interactive science activities and exhibits mainly for children, educators, and their students.

Andrés Pico Adobe (Mission Hills)
Andrés Pico Adobe, also known as Rómulo Pico Adobe, was built in 1834 and is the oldest residence in the San Fernando Valley. It was purchased by the City of Los Angeles in 1965 and opened later to the public as a living museum. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.

Campo De Cahuenga (Studio City)
The Campo de Cahuenga is an adobe ranch house on the Rancho Cahuenga where the Treaty of Cahuenga was signed between Lieutenant Colonel John C. Frémont and General Andrés Pico in 1847, ending part of the Mexican-American War in California. It is located near the historic Cahuenga Pass.

San Fernando Mission
The Mission San Fernando Rey de España is a Spanish mission located in Mission Hills. Originally founded in 1797 as a Spanish mission named after Saint Ferdinand, San Fernando Mission now serves as a museum and historical monument.

(Photos by Ray Sotero)